The people of Ngor Okpala have called on the governor of Imo State to call to order, the Interim Management Committee Chairman, Mayor Nweke to order before the Local Government turns into anarchy.
This follows a report of high handedness amongst other vices that the chairman is accused of.
Information from the Local Government revealed that the chairman hardly involves other stakeholders particularly the councilors in the running of the council, an act described as against the directives of the state government.
Speaking to Lead, one of the councilors who spoke on the guise of anonymity posited that the said chairman has since the inception of his office, not held what he termed F8G meeting where issues bothering on the state government’s mandate is discussed.
Some of the persons interviewed alleged that during the Woman August meeting held at the Ngor Okpala/Aboh Mbaise Federal Constituency, the Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000,00) empowerment by the First Lady, Barr. Mrs. Chioma Uzodinma, meant for the less privileged and down-trodden, were manipulated and shared among the wives of the councilors and stooges of the local government chairman Hon. Mayor Nweke.
Our investigation reveals that seven (7) months down the line, the council has not appointed supervisory councilors to oversee the affairs of the departments, with some of the councilors alleging that he appointed over fifty (50) aides without due process, never presented the issue nor discussed it anywhere, as he does not call for meetings. They went on to say that he does not inform them of what he does. The reason for his attitude is that he has people at the Government House that will always protect him because, according to our source, he was not made the chairman by Ngor Okpala Leaders, and therefore, he does not owe any explanation to any leader in Ngor Okpala.
According to one of them, “The palliatives and fertilizers sent to Ngor Okpala by the State Government were solely handled by him, without recourse to his colleagues the councilors and even party leaders. The truth is that we are not being carried along, and as such, we do not know what he is doing.
The committee members who carved anonymity (because of fear of being maligned) further alleged that the Twenty million Naira (N20M) released to each Local Government Area for renovation and resuscitation of infrastructure at the council headquarters was arbitrarily spent by the chairman without due process, as they were not informed by him.
They were emphatic that their interest was based on probity, accountability, and transparency, lamenting that, Hon. Nweke went behind them and compiled the lists of food vendors and those recruited into the Imo Security, in their wards-they lists, they stressed were made up the name of his cronies, without their knowledge and members of AA, Uche Nwosu, and Rochas Party.
Describing him as the “Lord of the Manor” they maintained that he does not heed to advice neither from their Traditional Rulers nor party leaders from the area and passionately appealed to the Government to investigate his activities.
All efforts made to get Hon Mayor Nweke to react on the allegation proved abortive as his mobile phone number was not available.